Arizona Trucking Association Announces Winners of the 2017 Arizona Truck Driving Championship

2017 Arizona Truck Driving Championship Winners

2017 Arizona Truck Driving Championship Winners

Phoenix, AZ – On April 22, 2017, the Arizona Trucking Association held its annual Truck Driving Championship (TDC) at Tempe Diablo Stadium.

Over 185 drivers participated in this year‘s event. Many of which have millions of miles of accident free driving.

Participants are tested in three different areas:

  • A written exam that tests drivers’ knowledge of the industry, first aid, health, wellness, injury prevention, fire safety, general safety, and security;
  • A pre-trip inspection, which tests competitors on their knowledge of the equipment; and
  • A skills/driving test, which consists of six objectives that test their ability to maneuver the vehicle in simulations of every day driving conditions.

Steven Smalley, ABF Freight System, was awarded “Grand Champion” of the annual safe driving competition. Additional high honors included:

  • Best Skills/Driving Course Score, Steven (Steve) Smalley – ABF Freight System
  • Best Pre-Trip Inspection: Andres Orozco – FedEx Freight, Inc.
  • David Messmer Rookie of the Year Award: Louie Barrera – Shamrock Foods Company

Eight other TDC class winners will join Mr. Smalley to represent Arizona at the National Truck Driving Championship in Orlando, Florida on August 9 – 12, 2017. Team Arizona will compete against 430 other professional drivers vying for selection as the nation’s top professional truck drivers.

First, second, and third place winners in each class are listed below.

STEP VAN/PACKAGE CAR
1st       Sean Saxon – FedEx Ground
2nd     Michael (Mike) Ortiz – FedEx Ground
3rd      Gabriel Sosa-Rodriguez – FedEx Ground

STRAIGHT TRUCK
1st       Robert Gordon – XPO Logistics
2nd     Charles (Charlie) Woodland – FedEx Freight, Inc.
3rd      William (Willie) Vasquez – Shamrock Foods Company

3 AXLE
1st     Martin Orozco – FedEx Freight, Inc.
2nd      Radulfo (Rudy) Salgado – ABF Freight System
3rd      Albert Ochoa – FedEx Freight, Inc.

4 AXLE
1st       David Coffel – FedEx Express
2nd     Andres Orozco – FedEx Freight, Inc.
3rd      Kurt Pedersen – XPO Logistics

5 AXLE TRACTOR TRAILER
1st       Jose Orozco – XPO Logistics
2nd     Louis (Louie) Barrera – Shamrock Foods Company
3rd      Valente (Tito) Diaz – Shamrock Foods Company

FLATBEDS
1st       Steven (Steve) Smalley – ABF Freight System
2nd     Sam Smith – Old Dominion Freight Lines
3rd      David (Dave) Budz – FedEx Freight, Inc.

TANKERS
1st       Ina Daly – XPO Logistics
2nd     Robert Dominquez – Western Refining Wholesale, Inc.
3rd      Randy Pehrson – Walmart Transportation, LLC

5 AXLE SLEEPER
1st       Tramel Caldwell – Shamrock Foods Company
2nd     Arthur (Ray) Dority III – Knight Transportation, Inc.
3rd      Dale Moyle – Walmart Transportation, LLC

TRACTOR TRAILER – TWINS
1st       Tobias (Toby) Fierros – ABF Freight System
2nd     Luis Alvarez, Jr. – ABF Freight System
3rd      Mark Klun – XPO Logistics

2017 Final Scores All CompetitorsClick here

The Arizona Trucking Association would like to thank all the competitors who participated in this year’s TDC.

We would also like to thank the sponsors and volunteers who make the Arizona TDC possible:

ABF Freight System
Albertsons, LLC
All City Towing
Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS)
Constructors Bonding, Inc.
Contracted Driver Services
DLD Truck Straps
FedEx
FedEx Freight
FedEx Ground
Frontier Adjusters
Good’s Insurance Agency
HDS
HomeSmart
International Excess Program Managers
JJ Keller & Associates
Knight Transportation, Inc.
Kufner Bookeeping
May Trucking Company
Meritor, Inc.
Minimizer
National Truck Services Group
Old Dominion Freight Lines
Precision Heavy Haul, Inc.
Purcell Tire and Service
Rush Truck Centers
Safeway
Shamrock Foods Co.
Shamrock Foods Company
Southwest Truck Driver Training
Stewart Transport. Inc.
Swift Transportation Co. of AZ, LLC
System Transport
TA – Petro
TCI Leasing
TransForce
Transtar Insurance Brokers
Vanguard Truck Center
Walmart Transportation, LLC
Werner Enterprises, Inc.
Western Refining Wholesale
XPO Logistics

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